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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Luke Update and House Tour -- Part 1....

If you read yesterday's post, you might remember that Luke was a little sick last night. We put him to bed with a 102.8 degree fever.

He did wake up a couple of hours later. We gave him some Motrin that time. He slept all night (Yeah); however, he was kind of "rustling" around between 5:00 and 5:30 this morning. I was up listening to it. He then went back to sleep and slept until 8:30. So, I really can't complain.

Throughout the day today, his temperature has only gone as high as 100.8 degrees. He took a somewhat decent nap. He has been a bit clingy to me all day, and he has been somewhat whiny. So, we know he doesn't feel 100% just yet. His appetite has been minimal, but what he has eaten, he's kept down (another Yeah). He has been VERY attached to his blanket today -- more so than normal.

Here's a photo from today....We think his eyes look a bit sad.

We're praying he continues to get better. We'd like to go to church on Sunday. Plus, it's so very difficult to see your little one sick. You can't explain to him at all that there is sin in this world, and that's why things aren't always perfect.


I have decided I am going to a "mini-series" on this blog....It's a house tour of our home.

Now, don't get your hopes up in anticipation of decorating ideas. I am certainly NOT a decorator, and I will never claim to be. I just think a family's home says a lot about them, and hopefully, this will be a way to get to know our family a little bit better.

We live in a town of roughly 18,000 people in central/south central Kansas.

Our house was built in 1972 with some add-ons in 1993. It has some uniquenesses about it.

We bought this house in 2004. We've done some work to it, and it will always be a work in progress. Originally, when we bought this home, we bought it thinking we'd be in it 10-15 years -- 20 at the most. Now, we've learned to be completely content with it. Unless our neighborhood goes completely to pot or if we must move for a job or something, we plan on being in this house as long as possible.

It has A LOT of potential. BUT, we have committed to doing NO improvement with debt. In other words, any improvement we make MUST be done on a cash basis....So, some improvements we have in mind may not happen for awhile :) But, that's O.K....We're most thankful for what we have. Plus, this home completely works for our family with some growing room.

First, our driveway...(Remember -- this series will be done in parts).

Our two-car garage is on the side of the house. So, if you see our house from the front, you don't see the garage doors (I'll put a photo of the front view of the house in another post).

You'll notice a trailer. This trailer actually is not our's. It belongs to Kansas Ultrarunners' Society -- the running club in which Marc is the treasurer. We merely "house" the trailer. The trailer holds ultrarunning race supplies.

Behind the trailer is an "out-building." But, we actually jokingly and lovingly refer to this out-building as our Servants' Quarters. Please don't get too excited. Nope, we don't have servants. We just find the name funny. Marc deemed it the Servants' Quarters before we even moved in.

From the backdoor of our house, you'll notice the door to the Servants' Quarters.

Notice the little brick area between our house and the Servants' Quarters? We call that the Courtyard.

Does our home sound rather fancy? It's really not so much, but it's certainly home.

O.K., moving on inside the Servants' Quarters....

The bottom floor could technically be used as a garage because it does indeed have a garage door. However, it would only fit a compact car.

But, it is carpeted and climate controlled (heated and air-conditioned). So, we use it for this....

It houses our treadmill, punching bag, bicycles, and TV/DVD Player (for when on the treadmill). It's our workout room. Remember -- it's climate controlled!

Plus, our deep freeze is in this room -- and, you can't completely see it in this photo, but Marc stores his golf clubs in this room as well.

Also, in this same room is a bunch of "sporty" type storage -- sleeping bags, a tent, coolers, camping supplies (I do NOT camp, but Marc does occasionally). Also, we store one of Luke's strollers in here.

Pretty neat area on our property, and we haven't remodeled ANYTHING in here. It came this way -- perfect for our lifestyle. This Servants' Quarters was a pretty big selling point on this house for us.

The Servants' Quarters tour is not yet complete. But, I'll wait until another post. This one is getting long.

Stay tuned!


Allen and Debby Graber said...

I love house tours! Even though I've seen your house, it will be fun to "walk" through it again! Mindy and I go to lots of open houses just for fun.

Momma H said...

I love your "servants' quarters" I could use a place like that, but I'll bet someone else would take it over in a short time. Oh well, outside is HIS domain/territory.
I'm praying for Luke to get over his funk.

Candice said...

Every house in South Africa had a servants quarters. For real!

Get well Luke.

Kendall Smith said...

What a fun idea. Thanks for not mentioning the fact that I totally walked into the clear glass door on your servant's quarters. Cause that would've been embarrassing! :-)

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

LOVE the Servants' Quarters! Would I ever love an exercise room - wouldn't have to go to the gym. Yours is private, out of the way, perfect! Looking forward to seeing the rest!

Would Luke be cutting teeth??? Poor little guy, hope he's better soon.

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